The eye care company Bausch + Lomb is on a mission to recycle as many contact lenses as possible. That's why they've created the program #ONEbyONE to help everyone easily and safely recycle their contact lens products.
In a recent press release, Bausch + Lomb proudly announced that it recycled over 180,000 contacts and blister packs through the #ONEbyONE program. Currently, there are around 1,800 optometry facilities in the USA working with Bausch + Lomb on the #ONEbyONE recycling initiative. Of course, Bausch + Lomb hopes that this number only increases as the years wear on.
The #ONEbyONE recycling program is a joint effort with Bausch + Lomb and the private company TerraCycle. TerraCycle makes new consumer goods from consumer waste products in a process known as "upcycling." Over the years, TerraCycle employees have become experts at recycling various consumer products, especially contact lenses.
Anyone who wear contacts can participate in the #ONEbyONE initiative. Bausch + Lomb employees say people interested in participating in this initiative can just aside any brand of blister packs or daily contact lenses and send it to TerraCycle free of charge.
People who take part in the #ONEbyONE program should put all their blister packs and contacts to the side in a relatively small cardboard box every day. Once the box is completely full, Bausch + Lomb has a free shipping label that can be printed from their official website. Once the package is all set up, you can easily ship the package out to TerraCycle using UPS.
Since contact lenses are so small, they easily get filtered out of mainstream recycling processes. Even if someone puts their contacts into a standard recycling bin, many contacts inevitably get filtered out and only add to America's landfill waste. That's why Bausch + Lomb is so committed to working with TerraCycle to ensure even the tiniest contact lens gets recycled properly.
The #ONEbyONE initiative is the very first recycling program offered by Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle. In addition to making this world a greener place, Bausch + Lomb has pledged to give $1 to Optometry Giving Sight for every pound of waste recycled through the #ONEbyONE program.
For those who don't know, Optometry Giving Sight is a non-profit that focuses on preventing blinding diseases due to uncorrected vision around the world. CooperVision and Brien Holden Vision Institute are two of the major supporters behind this organization.
Bausch + Lomb is one of the oldest and most respected eye care providers in the USA. Founded in 1853, the company now sells products such as eye medicines, sunglasses, lens care products, and, of course, contacts. Bausch + Lomb is headquartered in the city of Rochester, New York.
Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer founded the recycling company TerraCycle in 2001. The company’s headquarters is in Trenton, New Jersey, but it has other locations in some 20 countries around the world.